Former Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng believes that the late Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is the best ever Ghanaian coach.
Jones had an impressive career as a manager, winning the CAF Champions League with Hearts of Oak in 2000, one trophy in a historic treble campaign. He also clinched the CAF Confederation Cup trophy with the Accra-based outfit after beating bitter rivals Asante Kotoko in 2004.
He managed the Ghana national team in the youth and senior team levels. The former Great Olympics footballer trained Derek Boateng and his teammates at the U-17 national level for the World Youth Championships in 1999. The team under his guidance earned the bronze medal.
He died in May 2015 after suffering a throat cancer.
In an interview on the Joy Sports Link on Saturday, Derek, 37, noted that Attuquayefio’s teachings were replicated by foreign coaches.
“Every player knows, all my colleagues know that whatever Jones shows us during our time in the team, whenever we go to Europe, we see the same things being done by the white coaches. So for me, he is the best coach,” he told Nathaniel Attoh.
Boateng played for several clubs across Europe including Fulham, Eibar and Rayo Vallecano during his career. He made 47 appearances for the senior national team and scored one goal.